How to Start Freelance Writing
Updated: Aug 25
Is writing one of your strengths? Do you find yourself enjoying writing? If you’ve found that you really enjoy writing and would like to take your writing skills to the next level, you should give freelance writing a try! A freelance writer is someone who is often self-employed and uses their writing skills for clients that can utilize their talents for their specialized needs. You may be wondering where to start!
Here are some tips on how to become a freelance writer and get paid:
Make sure your writing skills are sharp. It can often be frustrating (and occasionally funny) when you read something and see that there are errors. You yourself don’t want to be known for making mistakes and easily fixable follies when others are reading your work. One program I recommend that I use personally is called Grammarly. Grammarly is a tool that points out the typos and errors that you make. It can be connected as an extension on Google Chrome and can be accessed through any document you write through Google Chrome. Good grammar can make a huge difference in what you write.
Start writing about things that don't necessarily interest you. As a freelance writer, you’re going to have topics that may bore you, which is why you should start practicing writing about topics that you don’t find interesting. Practice can really make all the difference! Once you have worked on writing about topics that don’t interest you, you’ll have more motivation and knowledge to write the topics that you are assigned!
Research job boards. Once you have enough practice to start freelance writing, the next step is to find freelance writing jobs. So, where do you start? Research! Putting in a search for freelance writing jobs online can give you a range of results for job boards where you can find great employment opportunities. Here are some job boards that I have found helpful while searching for freelance writing jobs: Freelance Writing: This website is as simple as the title says. It’s a job board for everything having to do with freelance writing! Upwork: Upwork is a job board for not only freelance writers, but also as a posting place for many other freelance employment opportunities such as marketers, designers, and accountants. Indeed: Although it is a job board for all different careers, many companies will post jobs for freelance writers for hire Remote.co: This website has many posted jobs that all have one thing in common: being fully online and remote! You can find many freelance and remote writing jobs on here too!
Can't find any online jobs? Try cold pitching! Once you’ve looked at and applied as many of the job boards online as you can, you should also try cold pitching! Cold pitching is when you contact companies and businesses that they could use your services as a freelance writer in order to help their business grow. Not only will this impress the clients you are trying to freelance write for, but you may also help grow local businesses as well! Imagine if your writing skills could help a small business grow!
Post your services on social media. One way to reach a large platform of people is by posting your services on social media, such as Facebook. You can create a post on Facebook’s job board saying that you are offering your writing services for any companies or individuals that can be of use. I can guarantee that many people will look at your posting and consider you for hire!
Always Remember Why You Started Writing
Freelance writing jobs can sometimes be stressful, but you should always remember why you started writing in the first place. Chances are, if you are a freelance writer, you enjoy writing! Personally, writing has always been a stress-reliever for me.
Writing is a work of art, and you can make your writing services truly reflect who you are.